• ‘Handy’ Wipes Could Be To Blame For Your Itch

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    Wipes  has been a daily usage in our everyday lives because it gives us the convenience of cleaning ourselves when we could not find any place to clean up. But little do we know that it can also cause us itch.

    Natural Health News — More and more people are developing an itchy, painful rash in an effort to stay clean.

    According to an internationally renown dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center – a common preservative, MIT (methylisothiazolinone), used in many types of pre-moistened wipes, is linked to a dramatic rise in allergic reactions.

    “In the last two or three years, we’ve suddenly seen a big increase in people with this type of allergy,” said Dr. Matthew Zirwas, director of the contact dermatitis centre at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. “For some patients, their rash has been unexplained and going on for years.”

    Widespread use

    MIT is found in many water-based products like liquid soaps, hair products, sunscreen, cosmetics, laundry products and cleaners as well as pre-moistened personal hygiene products and baby wipes.

    “Concentrations of the preservative have increased dramatically in some products in the last few years, as manufacturers stopped using other …

    Itch is an irritation in the skin that elicits an urge to scratch. Itches are a problem that everyone experiences and can be localized (limited to one area of the body) or generalized (occurring all over the body or in several different areas). Sometimes, itching may be worse at night. In medical terminology, itching is known as pruritus. Generalized itch is often more difficult to treat than localized itch. Itches can also occur with or without skin lesions (bumps, blisters, rash, or abnormalities that can be seen on the skin). An itch that is accompanied by a visible skin abnormality usually should be evaluated by a physician and, in some cases, by a dermatologist since the problem is likely to be a condition that requires specialized medical treatment (for example, eczema, scabies, etc.).


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